The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Athenian god is associated with the sun?

2. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?

3. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

4. How did Socrates behave when his beliefs were challenged, according to Tarrant?

5. Socrates demonstrated his loyalty to his city in what capacity?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

2. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

3. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

4. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

5. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

6. What is Socrates' objection to Euthyphro's decision, and how does Euthyphro respond to that objection?

7. What is "epistemology"?

8. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

9. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

10. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates is still considered wise, more than 2000 years after his death. Why has he been nearly immortalized in the annals of history? Why is he considered so wise? Did his contemporaries feel the same way about him that modern philosophers do? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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